Updated: Apr 8, 2021 - Up to Card Hog, 148Apps, Fantasian (iOS), Pocket Gamer.
Here it is, the list of the best mobile games of 2021 so far! We'll be adding more reviews as the games get released, so make sure to bookmark this page and check it every now and then.
Reviewed mobile games in 2021Every year we review hundreds of new mobile games, picking out the cream of the crop for you to play. It's not as easy a process as you might think. For a start, there's definitely not time to review everything, our editors and reviewers look through the stacks of games released each month and pick out those which we think have the most promise. There are tens of thousands of mobile games released every year and we only have so much time.
So, even before games are reviewed they're been filtered through on multiple levels before that selection. But, with us doing so many reviews each year we thought it was sensible to create this resource, so that you can, at a quick glance, see the best mobile games of 2021 by review ranking.
We love mobile games!I'll let you in on what might be quite a well-known secret, the teams at Steel Media (that's Pocket Gamer, Pocket Gamer France, 148Apps, App Spy, and more) really love mobile games. As well we should, because we've been reviewing them for over 15 years now, or, if you want to do that weird thing people do where they add up the collective years to get an obscene number, the sites have been reviewing mobile games for over fifty years collectively...
That means that there's a lot of knowledge in these halls, which also means that we are quite precise when it comes to picking which games we do decide to review.
Below you will find, by awarded score and within that, alphabetical order, each of the games we've chosen to review this year so far. Decide for yourself which of them are the best mobile games of 2021, scores are there to help you out!
5 Star - 10/10 - Pocket Gamer Platinum Award
- Another Eden review - "The best of the good ol' days" - 24 March 2021
- Fantasian review - "An innovative and jaw-droppingly gorgeous RPG" - 6 March 2021
- League of Legends: Wild Rift review - 12 April - 148Apps
- Say No! More review - 9 April 2021 - 148Apps
- Unruly Heroes review - 19 March 2021 - 148Apps
4.5 Star - 9/10 - Pocket Gamer Gold Award
- Cosy Grove review - "A fun little break each day" - 29 March 2021
- Embracelet review - "So much to see, not much to do" - 4 February 2021
- Five Dates review - 16 February 2021 - 148Apps
- Giant Dancing Plushies review - 15 March 2021 - 148Apps
- Night of the Full Moon review - "A timeless tale" - 23 February 2021
- Questkeep review - "A back-to-basics dungeon crawler that touches the heart" - 27 January 2021
- Taiko no Tatsujin Pop Tap Beat review - "Colorful, Rhythm-Based Fun!" - 3 April 2021
- Unruly Heroes review - "A madcap adventure to the west" - 17 March 2021
4 Star - 8/10 - Pocket Gamer Silver Award
- Battlecruisers review - 9 February 2021 - 148Apps
- Beat Workers review - 25 March 2021 - 148Apps
- Card Hog review - 26 March 2021 - 148Apps
- Cookie Run: Kingdom review - "Cute game with so much to do!" - 25 January 2021
- Dinkigolf review - 3 March 2021 - 148Apps
- Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins review - "A must-play found phone game for any ardent Whovian" - 25 March 2021
- Dungeon of the Endless: Apogee review - 16 March 2021 - 148Apps
- Ghost Beat review - 28 Jan 2021 - 148Apps
- Kill it with Fire review - "A fun take on pest control." - 10 March 2021
- Lyxo review - "Relax and bounce a bunch of light about" - 24 February 2021
- MTG Arena (iOS) review - "Magic at your fingertips" - 29 March 2021
- Picnic Penguin review - "Cute game with challenging level designs" - 18 January 2021
- Pink review - 1 February 2021 - 148Apps
- StarGazing review - "Art and Astrology" - 12 March 2021
- Street Masters review - 11 February 2021
- The Captain is Dead review — "Beautifully complicated" - 9 February 2021
- The Oregon Trail review - "Jump on the party wagon" - 6 April 2021
- The Pillar review - 21 January 2021 - 148Apps
- Wordsmyth review - 26 February 2021 - 148Apps
3.5 Star - 7/10 - Pocket Gamer Bronze Award
- Blind Drive review - "A unique, audio-based crime caper" - 19 March 2021
- Clan N review - "Fantastic game, terrible controls" - 9 March 2021
- Dadish 2 review - "The kids are at it again!" - 26 January 2021
- Doctor Who: Lonely Assassins review - 23 March 2021 - 148Apps
- Dragon Quest Tact review - "Cute and nightmarish at the same time" - 17 February 2021
- Erica review - 19 January 2021 - 148Apps
- Five Dates review - "Falling in love in a hopeless place" - 24 February 2021
- Lyxo review - 1 March 2021 - 148Apps
3 Star - 6/10
- Blind Drive review - 10 March 2021 - 148Apps
- Inked review - "If only looks were everything" - 3 March 2021
- Inked review - 24 February 2021 - 148Apps
- The Captain is Dead review - 3 February 2021 - 148Apps
- The Pillar review - "A too-Zen puzzle experience" - 21 January 2021